Complete Resume

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Reporter, Quartz September 2016 to present

  • Writes three to five stories per week of various lengths. Primarily covers Covid-19, age-related health, neuroscience, and diversity in clinical research via a business lens. Occasionally covers environment and culture.
  • Works with growth team to develop main, social, and SEO headlines to maximize audience reach
  • Collaborates with data and video teams for visual story telling
  • Writes obsession email newsletters 

Previously promoted from:

Editorial Fellow, Quartz January 2016 to September 2016

Intern, Quartz May 2015 to August 2015

Past work

Intern, Nature Medicine September 2015 to December 2015

  • Wrote 1,000 – 3,000 word features on topics including rare disease networks and the brain computer interface
  • Wrote monthly biomedical briefings (150 words)
  • Fact-checked monthly features

Managing Editor; Blogs and Copy Editor, Scienceline November 2014 to November 2015

  • Ensured the publication of all Scienceline content; helped editors achieve short and long-term goals; assisted with content and copy editing when needed
  • Edited blogs for content and AP style; edited news stories and features for AP style

Intern, OnEarth Magazine January 2015 to May 2015

  • Blogged and fact-checked stories and graphics for Earthwire and onEarth magazine

Contributor, Mic May 2013 to August 2013

  • Wrote two pieces a week on topics ranging from quantum computers to extremophile bacteria

Senior Opinion Editor and Chair of Editorial Board; Columnist The Hoya April 2011 to May 2014

  • Organized and edited all pieces for a two-page section in the newspaper; oversaw final editing and post-scripting
  • Recruited, interviewed and selected columnists and managed an editorial board of five members
  • Wrote biweekly opinion column and explainers for Georgetown University’s student newspaper

Research Assistant, Georgetown University, Department of Government March 2013 to May 2014

  • Conducted literature searches to track local and national politics across print journalism and television broadcast
  • Edited manuscripts for organization and copy errors

Intern, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science January 2013 to March 2013

  • Drafted a report summarizing American innovation policy for use by foreign ambassadors
  • Conducted research for Science Envoys program for American scientists to travel globally to promote diplomacy

Chair, Georgetown University Senior Ball, May 2013 – May 2014

  • Managed an eight-person committee to oversee event with a budget of $700,000 for 6,700 guests


New York University Class of 2015 – New York, NY

Master of the Arts: Journalism; Advanced Certificate: Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP 33)

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Class of 2014 – Washington D.C.

Bachelor of Science: Science, Technology and International Affairs Magna Cum Laude

Awards and fellowships

Journalists in Aging Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2019

National Press Foundation: Understanding the Latest on Dementia Issues, 2019

Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency, 2019

Mayo Foundation Journalist Residency: Behind the Scenes in Surgery, 2017

UMass Medical School Media Fellowship, 2016

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative Science Writing Scholar, 2015

Additional skills and interests

WordPress, social/SEO headline writing, basic Excel/Google Sheets, chart design (Datawrapper), Instagram.

Long-distance running (November Project), podcasts, live music, fiction, and bad reality television.

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